The Case for Classical Christian Education

The Case for Classical Christian Education Newspapers are filled with stories about poorly educated children ineffective teachers and cash strapped school districts In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Redisco

  • Title: The Case for Classical Christian Education
  • Author: Douglas Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781581343847
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Newspapers are filled with stories about poorly educated children, ineffective teachers, and cash strapped school districts In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Rediscovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Douglas Wilson proposes an alternative to government operated school by advocating a return to classical Christian education with its disciNewspapers are filled with stories about poorly educated children, ineffective teachers, and cash strapped school districts In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Rediscovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Douglas Wilson proposes an alternative to government operated school by advocating a return to classical Christian education with its discipline, hard work, and learning geared to child development stages.As an educator, Wilson is well equipped to diagnose the cause of America s deteriorating school system and to propose remedies for those committed to their children s best interests in education He maintains that education is essentially religious because it deals with the basic questions about life that require spiritual answers reading and writing are simply the tools Offering a review of classical education and the history of this movement, Wilson also reflects on his own involvement in the process of creating educational institutions that embrace that style of learning He details elements needed in a useful curriculum, including a list of literary classics Readers will see that classical education offers the best opportunity for academic achievement, character growth, and spiritual education, and that such quality cannot be duplicated in a religiously neutral environment.

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    1. This is a really good book. In my opinion, it's a must-read for Christian parents, and certainly for any Christian educator as well. The reason for such a strong recommendation is that the arguments of this book--that true education is for the whole person and is fundamentally religious, that parents are biblically responsible to 'inculturate' their children into a thoroughly Christian world view through Christian education--have very important implications. Whether or not a parent would agree w [...]

    2. I walked into this knowing next to nothing about classical Christian education other than what my pastor friends told me. I walked out with the conviction that there isn't a more God-honoring way to educate covenant children to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, and might than Classical Christian education. I learned a lot.

    3. I don't think I'll invite Mr. Wilson to dinner any time soon. His didactic, uncharitable, and certainly unpastoral tone place him firmly at the end of the invitation list. Despite this, he does present compelling arguments for Christian's educating their children in classical Christian schools (and his own heritage also is a strong commendation). It would have been exceptionally helpful if after presenting his case, he addressed the practical hindrances (accessibility, financial, etc.) to doing [...]

    4. If I could give a book six stars, this book would get such a rating. Outstanding! Douglas Wilson speaks with wit and clarity on a topic that is very misunderstood by many Christian parents. This is a MUST READ for any Christian that has children or grand-children. A clarion call to abandon an anti-Christ education and seek the best for our children, all for the glory of God.

    5. This is one of the earlier treatments of what is now a fairly significant movement - classical Christian education. My dilemma is that I like the idea of teaching kids how to think logically, and I think most intellectual development follows the trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric), but I can't stand some of Wilson's holier-than-thou rhetoric - not elsewhere and not here. Wilson is connecting good parenting with this kind of education which I don't think follows. And I'm all for teaching kids abou [...]

    6. I found Wilson's arguments for Classical Christian education compelling. However he has clearly boxed in what it looks like in a very legalistic way that is off-putting. His writing did inspire and encourage me as an educator and my choice to leave public school to teach in a Classical Christian school.

    7. I'm a fan of classical education. I just didn't find this book compelling. It seemed more like Doug Wilson's thoughts on public schools and classical Christian schools than a tight case being presented. There are some gems where Wilson's wit and style come through but overall the book was middle of the road. I wouldn't recommend this to others.

    8. A must read for those who observe the current educational landscape and despair. There is hope and there is a way. Wilson does a wonderful job of casting vision while addressing practical questions. This book is a must for administrators, teachers, parents, and onlookers of every stripe.

    9. Should be required reading for all Christian school admins and parents who are battling the continued secularization of religious education.

    10. In my view, Doug Wilson maybe the next "C.S. Lewis" of our time - Lewis on steroids. Lots of helpful insight presented in an unabashed and winsome manner. A great read for any parent interested in providing a quality education for their children. Below are a few highlights from the book.On the current state of education, Wilson points out, rather deftly, why public schools are a mess.1) Undisciplined children, mostly due to a lack of parental care and love, ultimately leading to a widespread use [...]

    11. I'm convinced.Douglas Wilson makes a powerful case for a classical, Christian approach to education. He lays out for the reader how and why the government educational system is broken, and then shows how and why it cannot be fixed. Building from that, he proposes that the best solution for this problem is a classical Christian education.After giving a brief review of how his school got started, he explains what Classical Christian education is. Having everything point to Christ as the unifying p [...]

    12. The Wilson family is stolid, and what I've read so far of this book is impressively unbending. Douglas Wilson holds no punches in this fight for establishing the right system of education for our children. It's that important.

    13. This book helped me to see better how to sharpen -- rather than merely shelter -- the young minds in my care so that ideally they can go anywhere in the world and be safe and effective arrows for the Kingdom. Reading Scripture, learning sound doctrine and logic, exercising minds and memories with rigorous studies are the beginning. Then the author advocates forging a Christian worldview by taking children by the hand through the best works of Western Civilization --and asking: Does this agree wi [...]

    14. This is the update on a book I read 20 years ago, called Recovering the Lost Tools of learning (an elaboration of Dorothy Sayers famous essay).Recommended reading for every American, whether or not you have kids or plan to have them, whether or not your interests lay in educational pedagogy. Education is NOT morally neutral. It matters where it's done and how it's done. Western civilization stems from Judaism and Christianity. Wilson promotes a return to our Western roots rather than the rejecti [...]

    15. I liked this book. Doug Wilson begins by setting forth the need for better schooling today: the government schools are a train wreck, Christians need to bring up their children Christianly, etc. Then the discussion progresses to what sort of education might be best, or in any case, what has stood the test of time: classical education. In this regard, Doug Wilson is strongly influenced by Dorothy Sayers. This book does what it says on the cover: it makes a case for Classical Christian education. [...]

    16. Excellent book on classical education. The section called “Antithesis” alone is worth the price of the book. It properly defines what a Christian worldview is and is not. There is no distinction between the secular and the sacred, Wilson notes. He says (quoting from one of his other books), “…we cannot protect and preserve any truth by isolating it from the rest of God’s world. To do so kills it. The division is not between the secular and the sacred, between theology and literature. T [...]

    17. A great overview of what is meant by "Classical" and then giving it a Biblical influence. Wilson centers more on setting up a school as opposed to homeschool. This is book is worth the first 8-10 chapters alone though because of how he absolutely crushes the public school system and all it's failings and systemic problems. He addresses homeschooling a little saying it can work and he tries to encourage and build up those doing it but his leaning is to establish an ideal Christian Classical schoo [...]

    18. Wilson argues that Christians are told to educate their children "in the wisdom and admonition of the Lord" and that necessarily means a Christian education to the exclusion of any other. He demonstrates that all education is inherently religious, and the fallacious arguments of those Christians that would relegate their children's education to pagans.He then lays out the traditional mode of education that Christian's subscribed to until around the nineteenth century, when newer methods became e [...]

    19. Alright, I didn't actually read this book. I listened to it. It is, by far, the best audio book I've heard. The reading is excellent, not too dry or too dramatic. The content was so exciting that I'm turning right around to read the hard copy. Starting tomorrow. In some ways it's better than Wilson's first book on classical Christian education, The Lost Tools of Learning. Both are necessary reads, but this one ups the rhetorical presentation and offers Wilson's perspective after 20 years of Logo [...]

    20. Unfortunately, it seems as though our country is turning out poorly educated children. Wilson is an educator who proposes a return to the classical christian education model. This model focuses on teaching children according to their developmental stages. It is rich in literature, steeped in discipline, and based on the principle that God is the Creator of all that exists, and therefore all knowledge is interrelated and points back to Him. Wilson believes strongly that classical education offers [...]

    21. Wonderful updated treatment of Wilson's previous books on education. Great resource for anyone looking to fill in the blanks when it comes to starting a new school. I wish though that he would've addressed the debate over church-based vs. board-based approaches to school leadership, vision-setting, financial planning, etc.I also think James Jordan has brought up some important issues and criticisms regarding the "Classical" in Classical Christian Education. Wilson does interact with some of Jord [...]

    22. I am looking forward to reading it. I think the author has put his finger on what is wrong with our educational system. It cannot be value neutral. It has rejected conservative Christian values and replaced them with political correctness and all kinds of liberal political propaganda. It has opened its doors to every kind of immoral influence at the same time it has forbidden prayer and banned the Bible. Without the underpinning of a sound moral base, the quality of education has deteriorated dr [...]

    23. Exactly what you'd expect from Douglas Wilson: readable, well-argued, and very pastoral. The chapter on sin was great, and grants more time to the potential problems with classical education. I'm still not convinced about centering so much on western great books, but the "totalitarian hellhole" comment leveled at Plato's Republic was nice and refreshing. Oh, and the curriculum thought experiments were fun.

    24. I enjoyed it. Doug made a compelling argument that education isn't neutral. If the christian worldview is not being taught than another one is. I had never heard of the trivium and thought it made a lot of sense and want to learn more myself! I would however, like to hear an argument against Doug's case From the Christian perspective Anybody know of one?

    25. Very good. Much food for thought in here. It was easy to get through as it was well written (typical Wilson), had short chapters, and maintained momentum. The opening chapters were less relevant in an Australian setting, although I would say we're on the way to the American situation in our public schools. The Trivium sounds fun, and the case he makes is convincing.

    26. I read the first several pages but decided not to plod on. I have already read better arguments for and introductions to classical education. (Learning How to Think: A Reading List for Parents Considering Classical Education.”.)

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